The video I recommend today is a video of Rhys Darby doing stand up. If you’re a Flight of the Conchords fan you’ll have heard of Rhys Darby. He plays the character of Murray. And he’s also been doing stand up for many years.
This video is of him performing in London in the year 2000. So some of the jokes are about him being from New Zealand which is a country with a very small population.
He talks about Rainbow’s End which a theme park in New Zealand – I think it’s the only one. He says: It’s great. It’s huge. Imagine this room … and then he just stops. And the joke is that normally when you start a sentence like that, you’re using the room you’re in as a comparison and so you’ll finish with something like: It’s about ten times as big as this room.
My favourite line in this performance is: Take your shoes off, it’s socks only.
In The Acadia Report today I wanted to tell you about a project that started at Acadia University in September last year.
It’s called the Acadia Farm and basically some students started a farm to grow vegetables to sell to the university cafeteria – so that students could eat organic vegetables and learn about organic farming. I think it’s a really good idea. And if you’re interested and want to find out more, you can watch a video about it on the Acadia channel – and you can also check out their site.
Kia ora in Stick News today Facebook announced it would revert back to its old policy on user information after thousands of people complained.
Where do you normally go snowboarding? 普段はどこでスノーボードしますか？
In Germany, in the Alps. Like where I’m from we’ve got Middle Mountains (?) It’s like 1000 meters high. But it’s not as great for snowboarding. So usually we drive to the Alps which is like six hours driving. ドイツではアルプスでします。 私の故郷には1000メートル級の山がありますが、スノーボード向きではないので、車を６時間くらい走らせてアルプスへ行くんです。
How does that compare to Niseko? ニセコと比べてどうですか？
The Alps is like, a little bit like New Zealand. It’s more stony, it’s heaps higher. The resorts are bigger. But here it’s more powder and it’s really nice with the trees. I never had that before in my life so it’s really nice. アルプスはニュージーランドと少し似ています。 岩が多く標高も遙かに高いです。 リゾートの規模もより大きいです。 ニセコはよりパウダーでツリーランがとても楽しいです。 今までこんな環境で滑ったことはないのでとても楽しいです。
How are the conditions in Niseko? ニセコのコンディションは？
From what I experienced when I came first, I was amazed. Cause I never had so much snow in my life before. Cause the season, last season, I did in New Zealand, it was pretty bad. And even in German, in the Alps, we don’t have that much powder. And with the trees it’s absolutely amazing, like I find it really, really good. But now it’s a bit icy and windy and rainy, it’s not so good. But I’m still, I’m still really happy to be here, to enjoy the snow. 初めて滑ったときは驚きました。 こんなに大量の雪を見たのは初めてだったからです。 先シーズンはニュージーランドでしましたが、けっこう悪かったです。 ドイツやアルプスでもこれほどのパウダーは見られません。 ツリーランは特に最高です。 今はちょっとアイシーで風が強くて雨も降ってと、あまり良くありません。 それでも雪を楽しめるのでニセコに居られてとてもうれしいです。
Word of the Day
Today’s word is odd.
One of the funny lines Rhys says is: I take home the odd girl.
Odd is an adjective which means occasional for example: We go out for the odd meal together. When most people hear this sentence, they would think it means: Occasionally I take home a girl.
But odd also means: strange.
conversations with sarah
Where did you get it?
Lee Nice T-shirt. かっこいいＴシャツだね。
Lee Where did you get it? どこで買ったの？
Sarah Ah, I won it actually. あー、これ賞品。
Lee You won it? 何かの賞をもらったの？
Lee How? どうやって？
Sarah In a photography competition. 写真コンペ。
Lee I didn’t know you were a photographer. あなたがフォトグラファーとは知らなかったな。
Sarah Oh, I’m not. Not at all. It wasn’t really a photography competition, actually - it was more like a, a draw. You just had to send in a photo of a car covered in snow. いやいや、私は全然違いますよ。 写真コンペと言っても格式の高いヤツじゃなくて、もっと何て言うか抽選みたいなヤツです。 テーマは「雪に埋もれた車の写真」でした。